Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Long Island
Bikes: Leader 780-R; Rockhopper FSR;Trek 660; Kona Blast Hardtail
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I can relate, the dips and peaks have been a real roller coaster.
'06 herniated 2 cervical discs + pneumonia off the bike for many months.
Pretty much stopped most MTBing (maybe too many trips over handlebars for my age nr 50) and shifted more to road.
Despite a bronchitis sinusitis here and there, got my distance up to where I thought I could handle my 13 mile each way commute with severe hills.
08 Preparing for a sprint triathlon, really peaking, had a scare with tachycardia. Medication didn't quite agree -- more asthma and whatnot. Backed off from all high intensity cycling and kept it to family speed.
Surf season took over (can;t complain about that!) and that's my fault for not keeping it up on the bike.
Then got real busy with work. Then Bronchitis in October 08, then pericarditis, winter sucked, sinusitis, more pericarditis, Plus more work, and even less time on bike. (Some of this I credit to the damn toxic dust I inhaled working downtown Manhattan during 9/11... it's been respiratory suckiness ever since 9-11)
Ice skated my way to recovery for the rest of the winter. Then hit with another round or two of colds and sinusitis. Then even more work. Riding time took a real hit the last 8 months
Just getting back into it again.
The peaks are scary as they have been too often accompanied by a major decline, so will go a little easier with the peaks.